Poetry

October 10, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Sheshu Babu

 

 

 

Don’t Report…Else…

 

 

Scribe!

 

You may have conscience

 

To inform people

Of the tyrannical rulers

Corrupted bureaucrats

Army excess

Illegal incarceration

Of innocent peoples

Religious fanatics

Implementing blasphemy laws …

 

But hold on…!

 

You will be tried for treason

Or murdered for no reason

Or disappear into the invisible mist

Or will be buried under earth’s crust,

 

Your sincere attempts to reach masses

Educate them with realistic news

Will be of no avail

Fake news will continue to have a smooth sail…

 

Mobilize people in your endless quest

To uphold journalism and its values best..!

 

 

 

(Jamal Khashoggi a veteran journalist who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, disappeared and possibly killed in Saudi consulate)

 

 

 

 

 

A small #MeToo in the turbulent ocean

 

 

We were silent

 

When you exploited

Suppressed

Repressed

Us

 

We were silent

 

When you trampled

Our rights

Everywhere, every time, anywhere …

With impunity

Fidgeting with our bodies

As if we were dolls

 

We were silent

For long

 

And you felt assured

In your cozy minds

That you can have your own way …

 

We broke the silence

With a small effort

#MeToo!

 

One by one

Began to come out

And narrate our experiences

 

Red ants pricked you

And shook your cozy minds!

 

You created turbulent ocean

We stepped in …

Knowing fully well

That our march is difficult upstream …

 

But,

 

Now,

That we moved one step,

Our march has started …

Will move forward relentlessly

Till we achieve the ultimate goal …

 

Gender justice!!

 

 

 

 

 

Sheshu Babu

The writer from anywhere and everywhere is interested in the betterment of the whole world. Whenever the writer ponders on the question ‘who am I?’ He finds response from Bhupen Hazarika lyric (Bengali),’Ami ek Jajabor’ (I am a gypsy). 

Some works have appeared in Countercurrents.org, Dissidentvoice.org, Counterview.org, counterview.net, Velivada.com, etc. 

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